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I spent the last couple weeks in spare time pulling several hundred paki 303 MkVII bullets from their lousy clink bang primers and cordite loads.
   Anyhow a place near me , located in Versailles KY called centerfiresystems.com has Winchester made for Britain during WW2 303 ball. To me it's not cheap at $29.99 per box of twenty or $124.99 for five boxes ( 100rds ) . But of that era Winchester 303 contract ball I have had and shot it is decent stuff not loaded with that nasty cordite and reloadable brass.
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Well, as it turns out I was looking in the wrong locker!

I still have little over 100 rounds in stock.

But...I'll still p/u some in Hamilton - just in case.

(Plus I shud be able to get 20 Ga 00Buck as well)
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That WRA Mk 7z may have corrosive primers. That’s very expensive for WWII surplus. 
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I have noticed that .303 is becoming harder to find and what can be found has gone up in price. Most notably federal .303 has gone from $40 a box to $60 a box in Canadian dollars.
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About the same price in the states.
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303 hunter, when I was @ Al Simmons gun shop on Monday I got the splainin why.

There is no commercial ammo manufacturers left in Canada. Most now comes from the States.
8 Million new firearms owners there within last year or so has put strain on ammo supply.
Plus, Covid meant that they couldn't produce all the powder req'd, because of manpower restrictions.
SO..the 'Merican manufacturers will produce as much 'Merican calibre product as possible to fill the shortage - as they see it.
Low demand calibers like .303 aren't being packed @ this point.
I can get European hunting rounds - like 6.5X55 from Finland etc..(which I did), but we will have to wait til .Merica catches up with their domestic demand.
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Of course the WW2 era win 303 will be corrosive but it is not click bang like paki or indian 303 surplus. And not being loaded with cordite is a major plus !. And being boxer primed means you can reload it .
   Many years ago I had over 200 rds of 42 & 43 dated win made 303 ball. I shot them up and reloaded those cases many many times. I would still be reloading them if my largess of equipment & material was not lost in a fire back in 2015.
    You really should consider reloading...especially if canuckia goes the way Australia and New Zealand have gone...full retard fascist over this covid scam.
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These inflated / increased prices are truly making deer EXPENSIVE fast food
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No problem sourcing 303 brass or projectiles down here in NZ at present. 
just got 200 hornady 150grain interlocks  equivilent to $82 USD
Powder is a bit up and down for supply, choices of brands varied.
Primers still readily available.
Think a lot of people are stockpiling.
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If I had not stockpiled, I would not be shooting today…unfortunately, this situation just encourages us hoarders to do it again, after prices come down.  I have not bought any primers, powder or bullets in nearly 2 years.  
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having a stockpile has taken on a new meaning , not sure why things are what they are but i suspect political influences , ive no 303 left , 
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I have a bucket full of .303 brass (destined for the scrapyard) but I don't re-load.

I was going to get into it @ one time - but I don't shoot enough now to warrant it.

I noted lots of brass on shelves @ bass pro (not in .303), but again - it was all 'Merican calibers.(.308,30.06 etc)
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If its re-loadable all you really need is a Lee "Classic" Whack-A-Mole kit & the powder scoops.
Its a thought as you can load 3 rounds every 1 1/2 minutes when you're practiced so its a great solution for low volume re-loaders.
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yes , do not abandon your brass to the recycler , its worth keeping/selling to those that reload , we may need it in future , not one to shoot a lot so i dont reload but i might should the need arise and it may well do so , what i do reload is what i shoot regularly and i have enough to keep shooting for a bit , may have to add some to my repertoire down the road so im saving my brass - particularly once fired as its what all reloaders look for , 
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I used to give all my brass to Rhino..til he had way more than he could use
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